A battered spouse, child or parent, can apply for an immigration status by petitioning under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as adjusted by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the spouse, child or parent can apply for permanent residence (Green Card) if they meet the eligibility criteria under the VAWA provisions. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a federal law that allows battered spouses to self-petition for legal residency in the United States. This also allows the sufferers to seek both safety and freedom from their abuser, who is not reported about the filing.
The Violence against Women Act, or VAWA, gives abused spouses and children of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residence rights for lawful permanent resident status (a U.S. green card).Source: U.S. Department of State
The following people are eligible for a Green Card application under this category:
To apply for Green Card for abused battered spouses Under the Violence Against Women Act, you need the following:
If you submitted a Form I-360 as a VAWA self-petitioner, you are called the “main applicant” or “principal applicant” when you file a Form I-485. If you are the principal applicant, you should submit the following documents and evidence to adjust status: